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  • Today, I am taking historic action to promote Israel's ability to defend itself, and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they're entitled to have.

  • In a moment, I will sign a presidential proclamation recognising Israel's sovereign right over the Golan Heights.

  • The state of Israel took control of the Golan Heights in 1967 to safeguard its security from external threats.

  • Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel.

  • Very violent attacks.

  • Any possible future peace agreement must account for Israel's need to defend itself from Syria, Iran, and other regional threats.

  • We do not want to see another attack like the one suffered this morning, north of Tel Aviv.

  • But Israel has never had a better friend than you.

  • Thank you for your leadership, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for all you've done to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger and greater than ever.

  • This was a long time in the making.

  • (We) should have taken place many decades ago.

  • And maybe you can give this to the people in Israel for me.

  • Thank you.

Today, I am taking historic action to promote Israel's ability to defend itself, and really to have a very powerful, very strong national security, which they're entitled to have.

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Trump recognises Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

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    April Lu posted on 2019/05/16
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